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Updated: 03/08/2014 08:00:02AM

Backing out of the wrong house

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A 33-year-old Bartow resident was charged with drug possession and driving on a suspended license Feb. 20 after a police officer mistook him for a different man, the Bartow Police Department reported.

While on patrol, Officer Britt Davis was looking for a man for whom he had a warrant and saw a green sedan back out of the house where the suspect was supposed to be. Because Marcus Jamar Jenkins, of 435 Hughes Place, Bartow, generally matched the description of the man with the warrant, Davis followed the victim and talked to him at nearby gas station, he reported. When he asked Jenkins for identification, Davis was given a Florida ID card and because of this Davis checked on his computer that showed Jenkins’ license has been suspended since 2008, he reported, for possession of a controlled substance. Davis arrested Jenkins and put him in the patrol car.

During this time another officer on the scene saw a bag of a green, leafy substance in view near the center of the console of the car Jenkins was driving. He also discovered a plastic bag in Jenkins’ right front pocket of his jacket. In a search of the car a small plastic bag of five white pills in the center console, police reported.

A field test of the green, leafy substance was negative for cannabis but a test of the pills showed three of them contained oxycodone and the other two contained hydrocodone, the report said.

When Davis arrived at the police department where Jenkins was already in a holding cell, he was read his rights. He said the green substance was K2. He said he did not know of the pills and the car belonged to his girlfriend.

Jenkins was booked into the Polk County Jail possession of hydrocodone, possession of oxycodone and for driving on a suspended license.

Man charged with domestic violence

A 25-year-old man was charged with domestic violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and violation of felony probation Feb. 24 when he tried to stop a woman from feeding a juvenile he was trying to punish and did not want him to have dinner, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Johnnie Stacy was booked into the Polk County Jail on those charges, the Bartow Police Department reported.

A Bartow Police Officer responded to a Bartow unlisted address at 7:17 p.m. where a relative requested a well being check be made upon the victim there, police reported. The officer met with the victim who said Stacy is the father of her child and he got upset with her because she wanted to feed the child whom he was trying to punish she said.

She told police Stacy punched her in face several times, slapped her and tried to choke her. She said she was not physically injured but she was visibly shaken and was crying, the police reported.

When police explained this to Stacy, he said he got into a verbal argument with the victim but denied hitting her, police reported. However, he was arrested for domestic violence at that point, police reported.

He was put in the back of a patrol car and he began to kick at the windows and when an officer opened the door he kicked the door again slamming it into the officer’s wrist, police reported.

When Stacy was taken to the police station, a warrants check was done on him and a felony probation started last Oct. 11 was discovered and is supposed to last through Oct. 10, 2016, according to reports.

Staring in the window leads to drug bust

A 26-year-old Bartow man was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia March 3 when an employee of a store called police because he was looking through the window of the store for more than hour, the Bartow Police Department reports.

An employee an unidentified business at 840 N. Broadway, which is in the Golden Gate Plaza, called the police because Rosjah Jovon Young, who had no address listed in the police report but is from Bartow, was reported to be looking inside the business for about an hour and cause the employee to become concerned for his safety, police reported.

Officer Luke Hauser talked to Young and was given permission to search him. Upon the search a green, leafy substance was found and when Hauser asked what it was, Young reportedly responded, “weed.”

The weight of the item was 0.5 grams and Young was placed under arrest, police reported.

Parking problem leads to domestic violence charge

A 35-year-old man was charged with domestic violence when he was charged with pushing his wife, Bartow Police Department reported.

Johnnie Lee Harvey IV was charged with the crime on March 4, police reported.

Bartow police officer Luke Hauser responded to where the couple were arguing over a parking space in front of their house. Harvey IV became angry and pushed his wife on the chest, police reported. She did not receive injuries nor did she require medical attention, police reported.

When Harvey IV was questioned about the incident he said “I pushed her,” the police report said. He was then placed under arrest.


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